Date/Time Event
Monday, 23rd October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Greenwich Exchange evening with John Lucas and James Hodgson
Nottingham’s John Lucas reads from his new novel Summer 1945 and James Hodgson from his Oscar Wilde: philosopher, poet and playwright
Free, refreshments provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in adults, with Luke Beardon - this event is now fully booked
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in AdultsLuke Beardon challenges the view that autism is a disorder. He provides an up-to-date view of autism and Asperger Syndrome. The focus of this talk will be more on adult life, including employment, education, dating and parenthood and what this means for autistic people.
This session will be of particular interest to those with autism, family and friends of autistic people and professionals working in the field.
Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. His latest book is Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 30th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Protest, stories of resistance
Protest Stories of ResistanceProtest, from Comma Press, comprises true stories from Britain’s radical past, written by historians,  together with fictional responses by creative writers. Comma Press fights Fake News with well researched, historically accurate fiction! Ra Page from Comma Press presents the concept while Andy Hedgecock (who responded to the local Pentrich Uprising) and Michelle Green (who responded to the Suffragette movement) present some of the fictional responses.
Tickets: £3.00 including refreshments


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 1st November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A evening with Eimear McBride
the-lesser-bohemians-eimear-mcbrideEimear McBride’s first novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, won the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, the first Goldsmiths Prize for experimental fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year award, covering a difficult subject in gripping prose. Her The Lesser Bohemians is set in 1990s London, where a young Irish student falls in love with an older actor. She is a naive immigrant, thrilled with her new life in the city, he is haunted by demons.
In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group
Entry is £5, refreshments provided.
Booking is essential. Please let us know on
Venue: Beeston Library, Beeston
Monday, 6th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Words Best Sung, book launch with Lee Stuart Evans

Words Best SungJoin us for the launch of Lee Stuart Evan’s new book, which is set in the 1960s and follows the fortunes of Alastair, who dreams about two things: steam engines and Charlotte, the tomboy from the top of the street. When Alastair starts work on the railway, steam is just a few years from extinction and Charlotte has run away to the bright lights, leaving Alastair hopelessly in lust with Mary. After a seaside brawl leads to his pal playing drums for one of the hottest R&B bands in the country, a boys’ adventure to the capital proves a revelation in more ways than any of them could ever have imagined.

Free, refreshments provided

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 8th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrate our fourth birthday with poetry from Zosia Kuczynska, Padraig Regan and Tim Youngs

PisankiZosia’s first collection Pisanki (Emma Press) draws on her Polish family’s journey to the UK.

Padraig’s Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press) suggests alternative histories in responses to paintings where the gaze of the (male) artist is directed towards the male figure in queerly erotic ways.

Tim Youngs launches the first of a new series of short pamphlets from Five Leaves, Touching Distance.

Free, refreshments provided
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 9th November - Sunday, 12th November
All Day
Five Leaves is Four!
Until the end of the week (that’s Sunday!) we are discounting everything in the bookshop by four whole percent. We add a percent each year for our birthday so stick with us… 30% after thirty years. All books are free in, oh, 96 more years!


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 11th November
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Parks, Council Estates & Essex! - a half-dayschool with Travis Elborough, Ian Waites and Gillian Darley
A Bread and Roses event
All three speakers move from national to local issues in this event discussing public space and the built environment.
Travis Elborough will be talking about parks, one of his recent books being A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution - places that have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, hippies and the common people trying to savour a democratic space for relaxation.
Ian Waites will be talking about social housing his most recent book is Middlefield: A Postwar Council Estate in Time
Gillian Darley has written about utopian communities in Villages of Vision, but here she will be talking about Essex, which is the most interesting of counties.
Tickets: £10 (on the day), £8 (early booking), £5 (students/concessions)
Please buy your ticket in advance from Five Leaves Bookshop, 0115 8373097
Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG14EZ
In association with the  East Midlands Twentieth Century Society


Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Tuesday, 14th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Going Down Slow, with John Harvey - only a few places left

A Bread and Roses event

Tonight we launch a limited edition collection of short stories by John Harvey, published by Five Leaves. Yes, there are some Resnick stories, yes there are some Frank Elder stories, yes there is a jazz element. And a fedora.

John Harvey is one of this country’s leading crime writers, many of his books being set in Nottingham including Darkness, Darkness which became a play at Nottingham Playhouse.
Free, refreshments provided


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 15th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Patrick Barkham on these islands now

A Bread and Roses event

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds. Guardian writer Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands – places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild.

Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
Note: this event might be moved to bigger premises, so do book!


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 16th November
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Out of the Wreckage - a new politics in an age of crisis, with George Monbiot

A Bread and Roses event in association with The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham.

A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world. George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a `politics of belonging’. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society. Monbiot provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.

Please note the change of venue, the event will now be at The Keighton Auditorium (Map Below)

Free, booking essential through Eventbrite via this link LAST FEW PLACES LEFT, THIS WILL BE FULL SHORTLY
Note the earlier-than-normal time
Room A48, Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham
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Venue: The Keighton Auditorium, Nottingham
Friday, 17th November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Shami Chakrabarti, Of Women in the 21st Century

A Bread and Roses event

Gender injustice is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet, says Shami Chakrabarti in her new book Of Women. She outlines what needs fixing and makes proposals about what to do next, putting gender justice and the centre of the progressive political agenda.

Shami will be in conversation with Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx.
Shami Chakrabarti is Labour’s Shadow Attorney General and former Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties.
£6 (£5 concessions)
Advance booking essential.
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Venue: Friends Meeting House, Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Tuesday, 21st November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Modern Bookshop, with Prof Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University

This talk particularly looks at the cultural life of bookshops, based on research funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Part of the national Being Human festival

Free, light refreshments included

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 22nd November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Losing yourself in a book – the Boots Booklovers Library

Discussion led by Dr Nickianne Moody of Liverpool John Moores University and Sophie Clapp Head Archivist at Boots. The Boots library was the biggest chain of circulating libraries in this country, established in 1899 and running into the mid-1960s. In 1903 there were eight such libraries in Nottingham. This is their history.

Part of the national Being Human festival

Free, light refreshments included

Note earlier-than-usual time

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 25th November
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Last London; true fictions from an unreal city, with Iain Sinclair

The-Last-LondonIain Sinclair makes a return visit to Five Leaves (though at Nottingham Mechanics!). Iain has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In The Last London, he strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Here is a mesmerising record of secret scholars and whispering ghosts. Of disturbing encounters. Night hospitals. Pits that become cameras. Mole Man labyrinths. And privileged swimming pools, up in clouds, patrolled by surveillance helicopters. Where now are the myths, the ultimate fictions of a many times revised city?

Travelling from the pinnacle of the Shard to the outer limits of the London Overground system at Croydon and Barking, from the Thames Estuary to the future ruins of Olympicopolis, Sinclair reflects on where London begins and where it ends. A memoir, a critique, a love letter, The Last London is a delirious conclusion to a truly epic project.

Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) from Five Leaves Bookshop
Advance purchase recommended
Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ


Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Monday, 27th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Reservoir 13, by (and with) Jon McGregor - this event is now fully booked
reservoir13Local writer Jon McGregor’s latest novel is set in Derbyshire and follows the life of a small village, year by year after the disappearance of a visiting teenager.
We’ll discuss the book for the first 45 minutes and then Jon will join us to continue the discussion. This isn’t a reading or performance by Jon, but a book group discussion without and with him!
We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
Attendance at this event will be capped. It is essential you let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th November
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Five Leaves folk night with Ewan McLennan
Ewan-McLennan-2016-ImageEwan McLennan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, but one of the best guitarists of his generation. His songs are passionate and burning with a desire for social justice. He recently toured with George Monbiot on Breaking the Spell of Loneliness. Tonight he will be singing old and new songs, self-written and traditional.
‘A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’ Mojo Magazine
More information on Ewan -
Yes, he’s Scottish, and yes this is St Andrew’s Day!
Entry: £10/£8
Advance purchase essential over the counter or via 0115 8373097


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 4th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The American Civil Rights Movement revisited, with Richard King
Richard KingRichard H. King is professor emeritus of US intellectual history at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the editor of Obama and Race: History, Culture, Politics, coeditor of Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History: Imperialism, Race, Nation, Genocide, and the author of Race, Culture and the Intellectuals, 1940-1970 and Arendt in America.
Richard was born and brought up in the Deep South and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.
Tickets: £3, including refreshment
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 5th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Paganism, witchcraft and wild women with Moira Hodgkinson
Moira HodgkinsonMoira is a pagan author living locally. Her debut novel being launched at the UK’s largest pagan event, Witchfest. Wild Women is going to be one of the first books of its kind, featuring realistic pagan and wiccan practice as three generations of women in an ordinary family overcome their daily struggles with a quiet, gentle magic. She will also be talking about her new non-fiction book Witch’s Journey, which is a guide to foundation witchcraft religion in theory and practice.

Moira is a regular contributor to Witchcraft & Wicca magazine She appears at at pagan festivals throughout the year.

Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments

Booking essential on

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 11th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Small Acts of Kindness Change the World
Nottingham PeacebuildersReadings from the Nottingham Peacebuilders anthology, together with music from around the world.
Tickets – donation on the night to Medecine Sans Frontieres. Refreshments available.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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